The Beatles still top of the pops when it comes to sale of memorabilia (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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The Beatles still top of the pops when it comes to sale of memorabilia
IT'S been more than 40 years since they last released a record, but that doesn't stop fans paying top prices for memorabilia linked to The Beatles.
A collection of photographic negatives which included images of the Fab Four during the height of their fame, was put forward for auction at the weekend.
One group of black and white negatives of The Beatles returning from their US tour in February 1964 sold for £1,350, more than three times the estimate.
Another lot of six black and white images of the group in the departure lounge waiting for a Pan-Am flight went for £550, almost four times the estimate.
The pictures were part of a sale at Barnard Castle-based Addisons Auctioneers. They were put forward by local antiques expert David Harper on behalf of a client.
Mr Harper said: “We had a couple of people contact us beforehand, one from the US and one from London, and at the sale there was bidding from all over the world.
“It goes to show that The Beatles are still a band that can do it.
“We also sold images from everyone from Cliff Richard to The Rolling Stones – they did well, but nothing like as well as The Beatles,” he said.
The pictures were taken by the late photographer Philip Gotlop who was hired by The Beatles mananger Brian Epstein to photograph them at Abbey Road studios in July 1963.
Mr Gotlop, who was based in Kensington, continued to photograph the rock and pop establishment for the rest of the decade and into the 1970s.
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